BIOLOGY FACULTY and STAFF
Larry Atherton, M.S.
Ken Cabine, M.S.
You-Shin Chen, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgetown University; M.S. Biotechnology, Georgetown University; B.S., Biotechnology, Washington State University
Relevant Experience: Senior Scientist, FAST Diagnostics Systems; Instructor, Georgetown University
Teaching Areas: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Recombinant Protein Production, 3-D Mammalian Cell Culture, Methods in Biotechnology
Research Interests: Investigation of molecular mechanisms by which cancer cells proliferate and invade, and design therapeutic strategies to induce apoptosis in the malignant cells, STEM education in the area of biotechnology
Russell Cossaboom, M.S., M.P.A.
Education: M.P.A., Educational Administration, 2012; M.S., Biology: thesis: Identification and Characteristics of a Fungal Contaminant in Naphthenic Metalworking Fluid, 2008; B.S., Biology Major, Chemistry Minor, Teacher Certification Program, 1998; All from UM-Flint
Courses Taught: BIO 113 (Principles of Biology), BIO 326 (Cell Laboratory), BIO 328 (Genetics), BIO 406 (Microbiology Laboratory), BIO 438 (Medical Microbiology Laboratory), BIO 450/550 (Parasitology Laboratory)
Research Interests: Biodegradation of compounds by fungi and bacteria
Heather Dawson, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University; M.S., Ecosystems Biology (Aquatic), Eastern Michigan University; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan.
Relevant Experience: Fishery Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2004-2009
Teaching Areas: Wildlife Ecology and Management, Wildlife Policy and Law, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Introductory Biology
Courses Taught: BIO 111 (Organismal Biology); BIO 423/523 (Wildlife Ecology & Management)
Research Interests: Invasive species ecology, aquatic invasive species management, fisheries management, fish population dynamics, simulation modeling
Randall Duncan, Ph.D
Education: M.S./Ph.D., Physiology, Oklahoma State University; B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Southwestern College (Kansas); Post-doctoral, Medical College of Virginia.
Relevant Experience: Research Assistant Professor, Renal Division, Washington University in St. Louis; Assistant/Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine; Associate/Full Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware.
Teaching Areas: Advanced Mammalian Physiology and Pathophysiology, Cell Physiology, Cytomechanics, Membrane Biophysics.
Research Interests: Understand how musculoskeletal cells and tissues perceive mechanical signals and how these signals are converted into biochemical responses within the cell to promote anabolic or catabolic function.
David Duriancik, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D. Biochemical Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, 2010; B.S. Molecular Biology/Biotechnology, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2004
Relevant Experience: Visiting Assistant Professor, Thiel College, Biology Department, 2015; Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University, Nutritional Immunology, 2014; Office of Dietary Supplements Research Practicum, 2013; Dannon Nutrition Leadership Institute, 2011
Courses: Mammalian Physiology, Cell Biology Lab, Molecular Biology Lab
Research Interests: Dietary interventions in the treatment and prevention of infectious and chronic disease. Flow cytometry expertise and consultation.
Dwayne Etter, Ph.D
Education: Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; M.S. Biology, Western Illinois University; B.S., Environmental Sciences, Stockton University
Relevant Experience: Wildlife Research Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (2002-present); Wildlife Ecologist, DuPage County Forest Preserve District (1994-1996); private environmental consultant (1987-1991). Adjunct Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.
Courses at UM-Flint: Fish and Wildlife Policy
Research Interests: Mammalian ecology, wildlife policy and management, animal behavior, and population ecology.
Danielle Harbin, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint 2012; B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University, 2007
Teaching Areas: Animal Behavior, Organismal Biology, Ecology
Courses Taught: (BIO 111) Organismal Biology; (BIO 327) Ecology; (BIO 446/546) Animal Behavior
Karmen Hollis-Etter, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Wildlife Epidemiology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana; M.S., Biology, Wildlife Ecology, Western Illinois University; B.S., Agriculture, Animal Science, Western Illinois University
Relevant Experience: College level teaching in Introductory Biology, College Biology, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Biostatistics, Microbiology, Nature Study, Organismal Biology, Pathophysiology, River Ecology, Zoology
Teaching Areas: Animal Behavior, Biology, Epidemiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Mammalogy, Wildlife Diseases, Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Techniques
Courses at UM-Flint: BIO 167 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I); BIO 168 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II); BIO Ecological Pests; BIO Wildlife Diseases
Research Interests: Wildlife epidemiology especially zoonotic diseases, urban wildlife, terrestrial mammal ecology, animal behavior, disease ecology, spatial/temporal analysis
Kerry Lazenby, Ph.D.
Elizabeth (Liz) Malinowski, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, Shippensburg State University, 1981; B.S., Wilkes College, 1978.
Teaching Areas: Anatomy, Histology.
Courses Taught: BIO 167 (Anatomy & Physiology I), BIO 407/507 (Human Macroscopic Anatomy), BIO 408/508 (Comparative Anatomy), BIO 418/518 (Lectures in Histology & Organology), BIO 419/519 (Histology & Organology Labs)
Research Interests: Hibernation physiology, biogeography.
Earl Mayhew, P.T.
Jennifer Miller, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, University of Michigan – Flint, 2004; B.A., Biology, Randolph – Macon Woman’s College, 1993.
Teaching Areas: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Courses Taught: BIO 167 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I); BIO 168 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II); BIO 432/532 (Mammalian Physiology)
Jon Morey, D.C.
Megan Presland, M.A.
Education: M.A. Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan, 2017; Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Political Science, 2013.
Jerry Sanders, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 1994; M.S. Zoology, East Texas State University, 1985; B.S., Botany/Zoology, 1979.
Teaching Areas: General Microbiology, Medical Bacteriology, Immunology, and Pathology.
Courses Taught: BIO 425 (Immunology); BIO 436 (Applied & Environmental Microbiology); BIO 438 (Medical Bacteriology); BIO 485 (Pathology)
Research Interests: Microbial pathogenesis and molecular genetics of Haemophilis somnus with specific interest in vaccine development.
Jill Slater, Ph. D.
Education: PhD Physiology, Wayne State University; BA Computer Science, Wayne State University; BS Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan.
Teaching Areas: I am fascinated with cells and how they work, and am privileged to teach in this area.
UM-Flint Courses Taught: BIO 113 (Principles of Biology); BIO 326 (Cell Biology); BIO 328 (Genetics); BIO 432 (Mammalian Physiology); BIO 467/468 labs (Molecular Biology of Prokaryote/Eukaryote); BIO 477 (Senior Seminar)
Other Courses: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry for Pre-Nursing
Melvin Smith, Ph.D.
Ronald Stamper, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, 2011.
Postdoctoral Training: Carnegie Mellon University
Courses Taught: BIO 328 (Genetics), CHM 253, CHM 330, CHM 331, CHM 332, CHM 333, CHM 350.
Melissa Starking, M.S.
Education: Currently pursuing a Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Certificate in College Teaching, Graduate Certificate in Spatial Ecology, Michigan State University; M.S., Biology, Geographic Information Systems Certificate, University of Michigan-Flint 2016; B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2013
Teaching Areas: Organismal Biology, Herpetology, Advanced Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Spatial Ecology, GIS, Wildlife Techniques
Courses Taught: (BIO 111) Organismal Biology; (BIO 456/556) Herpetology; (BIO 503) Advanced Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Kristin Striber, B.S.
Kristin Striber holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UM-Flint. Kristin provides classroom and laboratory support to all microbiology courses including preparation of cultures and media. She is responsible for the maintenance, inventorying, quality control, and documentation of bacterial cultures. Kristin also provides routine maintenance of molecular laboratory and safety equipment.
Joe Sucic, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1992; M.S. Microbiology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1988; B.A. Biology, Thiel College, 1984
Teaching Areas: Genetics, Molecular Biology of Procaryotes, Molecular Biology of Eucaryotes, Molecular Genetics of Cancer.
Courses Taught: BIO 328 (Genetics), BIO 467 (Molecular Biology of Procaryotes), BIO 468 (Molecular Biology of Eucaryotes), BIO 501 (Graduate Seminar)
Research Interests: Structure, function, and trafficking of secretory system endoproteases; role of endoproteases in metastasis.
Kevin Tang, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2002; B.A., Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 1995.
Relevant Experience: Postdoctoral Researcher, American Museum of Natural History; Postdoctoral Fellow, Loyola University Chicago; Postdoctoral Researcher, Saint Louis University.
Teaching Areas: Cell Biology, Genetics, Human Anatomy, Ichthyology, Vertebrate Anatomy.
Courses Taught: BIO 104 (Biology: Its Human Implications II Laboratory), BIO 326 (Cell Biology Laboratory), BIO 328 (Genetics), BIO 455/555 (Biology, Ecology, and Management of Fishes), BIO 596 (Seminar).
Rebecca Tonietto, Ph.D.
Education: Ph.D. and M.S. Plant Biology and Conservation, Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden; B.A. Biology, Kalamazoo College
Relevant Experience: David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, Saint Louis University, 2015 – 2017
Courses taught: Organismal Biology (BIO 111), Ecology (BIO 327)
Research interests: Native bees, pollinator conservation, community ecology, restoration ecology, urban ecology, plant-pollinator interactions
Dennis Viele, M.S.
Education: M.S., Ecosystem Biology/Physiology, Eastern Michigan University, 1993; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 1989.
Teaching Areas: Human Physiology, Zoology, Mammalogy and Cellular Biology.
Courses Taught: BIO 103 (Human Implications I); BIO 104 (Human Implications II); BIO 301/504 (Biostatistics); BIO 326 (Cell Biology); BIO 421/521 (Mammology); BIO 431/531 (Camparative Animal Physiology); BIO 432/532 (Mammalian Physiology); BIO 477 (Functional and Physiological Ecology of Bats); BIO 502 (Advanced Topics in Organismal Biology)
Research Interests: Physiological ecology of bats and rodents, non-invasive age determination in deer. Recently started nutritional studies of Michigan Ruffed Grouse and lead concentration in the American Woodcock. Also is interested and published articles on the bats of Papua New Guinea.
Margaret (Peg) Ware, M.S., MT (ASCP)
Education: M.S., Biology, Eastern Michigan University, 1999; MT, Hurley School of Medical Technology, 1984; MT (ASCP) certified 1984-present, B.S., University of Michigan-Flint, 1983.
Teaching Areas: Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology.
Courses Taught: BIO 135 (Microbiology Basics); BIO 168 (Anatomy & Physiology II); BIO 406 (Micrbiology Laboratory); BIO 434 (Human Anatomy); BIO 435 (Microbiology); BIO 439 (Clinical Mycology)
Jill Witt, Ph. D.
Education: Ph.D., Forestry, Michigan Technological University; M.S., Biology, Grand Valley State University, B.S., Zoology, Michigan State University
Relevant Experience: Native American Tribal Wildlife Biologist 2010 - 2012
Teaching Areas: Forest Vegetation Identification, Forest Ecology, Introductory Biology, Zoology, Environmental Sciences
Research Interests: Forest ecology, forest-wildlife interactions, landscape and ecosystem ecology, plant phenology, small carnivore population and ecology
Nicole Yambrick, M.S., L.V.T.
Education: M.S., Biology, University Nebraska-Kearney, 2011; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2003; B.A.S., University of Michigan-Flint, 2003; Veterinary Technology, Michigan State University, 1998.
Teaching Areas: Anatomy and Physiology
Courses Taught: BIO 104 (Human Implications-II), BIO 167 (Anatomy & Physiology I), BIO 168 (Anatomy & Physiology II), Bio 326 (Cell Biology), 408/508 (Comparative Anatomy)
Teresa Yoder-Nowak, M.S.
Education: M.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2007; B.S., Biology, University of Michigan-Flint, 2005.
Teaching Areas: Ecology, Organismal, Conservation and Field Biology, Herpetology
Courses Taught: BIO 111 (Organismal Biology), BIO 327 (Ecology), BIO 460/560 (Conservation Biology), BIO 480/580 (Field Biology), BIO 483/583 (Special Topics), BIO 502 (Topics in Organismal Biology)
Research Interests: Natural history and ecology of amphibians, reptiles and birds (with particular emphasis on population dynamics, species interactions and habitat use of terrestrial salamanders and lizards in Michigan)